Religious Diversity at Ghana’s 59th Independence Celebration
Ghana is a diversified nation with people of different cultures and religions who coexist. Our cultures and religious affiliations are very important aspects of our culture. As Ghanaians, we feel belonging when we are given the needed recognition in the area of culture and religion acceptance and a part to play in national celebrations such as the Independence Day.
The 59th birthday of Ghana which was held on 6th March 2016 brought smiles and excitements to us all and made us feel belonging. For the first time in several years, we experienced religious diversity and tolerant at the national level at its peak as the three main religions in Ghana (Traditional Religion, Islamic Religion and the Christian Religion) were accorded equal opportunity during the prayer session of the event.
This is very symbolic as it shows that as a nation we believe in given equal opportunity to all religions and diverse cultural beliefs. Events such as the Independence Day celebration helps unit us, bonds us and unifies our minds and spirit as one people with a common destiny. The planning committee of the 59th Independence Celebrations must be congratulated for their decisions to include the traditional religion.
Inclusion of all religions in such celebrations helps avoid inferiority of others and the feeling of being neglected, marginalization and intolerance. Its shows the richness of our culture as well as our roots. Never again should we sideline the traditional religion in such national celebrations especially when we celebrate the national Independence day event in Accra which is the home of the Ga people.
The chance therefore given to traditional authorities to pour libation and pray to their gods in benefits us all as it helps display our culture and traditional religion and hence make us all become one people who pray and worship in diverse ways. The inclusion of all cultures and religions also leads to building a coherent nation even within our religious diversity.
Written by Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond
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